Abhisit and PAD united

7 08 2010

The Nation reports that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has again shown that he is a close ally of Chamlong Srimuang, his Dhamma Army and the mainstream People’s Alliance for Democracy.

Not only has Abhisit appeared on the PAD stage at their ultra-nationalist rally, but he has reportedly invited the yellow shirts to “send their five representatives to join a special television programme on Phra Viharn controversy on Sunday.”

On stage, Abhisit told “the cheering crowds that he would like to thank you everybody here [at the PAD rally] as they are gathering to express their wishes to protect the country.” He even seems to have promised to overturn an MOU with Cambodia signed by a previous Democrat Party-led government in 2000.

Abhisit, in bed with ultra-nationalists, is showing just how right-wing he is. Thailand today has a leader who is in bed with the army, the yellow shirts and the rest of the right wing. Such political promiscuity is in line with the use of draconian laws to repress opposition.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has invited yellow shirts to send their five representatives to join a special television programme on Phra Viharn controversy on Sunday.
Abhisit said he and other five representatives including experts would join the programme on the National Broadcast Television or Channel 11 to be held between 10am and 1pm.

He extended the invitation as he took the stage of yellow shirts who rallied on Saturday at Thai-Japanese Stadium. The rally was led by People’s Alliance for Democracy leader Chamlong Srimuang.

Abhisit joined the forum in the afternoon after finishing some works in Hua Hin.

Abhisit told the cheering crowds that he would like to thank you everybody here as they are gathering to express their wishes to protect the country.

“I can assure you that the government has been working for the benefits of the country. We have no reason to exchange Thai territory with any benefits,” he said.

He stressed that he should neither remain as the prime minister nor be allowed to be in the Thai soil if he did so.

The premier had on Friday managed to cut a deal with the Chamlong’s PAD faction, which was initially planning to rally in front of Government House to demand that Abhisit revoke the 2000 memorandum of understanding on boundary demarcation with Cambodia as well as voice their opposition to Preah Vihear’s inscription as a World Heritage Site.

Chamlong’s the Dharma Army Foundation, agreed to gather at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng today to express their views, concerns and visions with respect to Preah Vihear.

He emphasised that the 2000 MOU with Cambodia is just an agreement for both countries to start border demarcation, not boundary demarcation.

The substance of the MOU is that pending the demarcation, no country should not invade into the disputed sites.

Apparently trying to compromise, the premier said we should have discussed the matter basing on the country’s benefits and after that if it is better to cancel the MOU, then do it.

Meanwhile a PAD faction, led by Veera Somkwamkit who led a rally near the Government House vowed to remain there for seven days in defiance state of emergecy.


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